Commentary

The Wild, the Innocent and the Bottom 10 Shuffle

Originally Published: September 30, 2008
By David Duffey | ESPN.com

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The Bottom 10 inspirational thoughts of the week:

I get up in the evening
and I ain't got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain't nothing but tired
Man I'm just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

-- "Dancing in the Dark," Bruce Springsteen

The NFL announced on Sunday that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl this season. While "The Boss" is a fine choice for the halftime extravaganza at the Super Bowl, the themes of many of his songs might be better suited for the teams in college football's Bottom 10. Springsteen often tackles ordinary, everyday problems. The struggles in everyday life are very familiar to the teams in the Bottom 10.

Army, North Texas and Washington know all about struggles. The Black Knights, Mean Green and Huskies are dancing in the dark. They are the only remaining winless FBS teams.

But they aren't the only teams on a downbound train. Idaho, Virginia, Washington State, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse and UCF are born to run with the Bottom 10 band.

Clemson, S.C., ain't exactly lucky town these days. There's definitely some darkness at the edge of town after a 20-17 home loss to Maryland. After all the preseason hype, the Tigers sit at 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC. Their thunder road leads directly to the highly coveted No. 5 spot.

But it's glory days for FlU, San Diego State, UTEP, Ohio and Rutgers. The Panthers, Aztecs, Miners, Bobcats and Scarlet Knights won, earning each at least one week off the Bottom 10.

We'll let some of Bruce Springsteen's songs carry us through the Week 5 Bottom 10 for 2008.

This week's Bottom 10 pillow fight of the week is SMU at UCF.

Have a comment about the Bottom 10 ranking? Send us your thoughts.

So, with apologies to Steve Harvey, here's the Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
  RANK TEAM RECORD COMMENT
1. North Texas 0-4 "If I Should Fall Behind": If? The Mean Green are No. 119 in scoring defense, allowing 54.8 points per game. North Texas falls behind early -- and stays there.
2. Idaho 1-4 "Badlands": While Badlands National Park in South Dakota might be more famous, the defense played by the Vandals can be just as desolate. Idaho is giving up 47 points a game.
3. Army 0-4 "Lonesome Day": The Black Knights of the Hudson almost pulled one out in Aggieland. But another loss means they have their Bottom 10 brethren to keep them company.
4. Virginia 1-3 "Downbound Train": The Cavaliers are headed down because their offense isn't headed anywhere. Virginia ranks No. 119 in scoring offense, averaging 9 points per game.
5. Clemson 3-2 "Dancing in the Dark": If the Tigers keep bumbling around, Howard's rock might actually split. After all the early hype, we're already close to turning out the lights on the Tigers' season.
6. Washington State 1-4 "Countin' on a Miracle": That's about all the Cougars can hope for. Washington State has been outscored 129-17 in its two Pac-10 games. It does play Washington on Nov. 22!
7. Washington 0-4 "Waitin' on a Sunny Day": The Huskies might have to wait a long time, especially since QB Jake Locker is out. They do play Washington State on Nov. 22! Pillow fight of the year?
8. Eastern Michigan 1-4 "Pink Cadillac": Michigan's known for cars, but the crew in Ypsilanti is driving a model that stands out. The Eagles are 0-2 and parked in the MAC West basement.
9. Syracuse 1-4 "Darkness on the Edge of Town": The Orange are 2-20 in Big East games under Greg Robinson. Could the darkness be moving vans rolling toward Syracuse?
10. UCF 1-3 "Lucky Town": Sure, the Knights are 1-3. Sure, they lost 58-3 at former Bottom 10 member UTEP. How are the Knights lucky? Well, they are only 37 miles from Disney World.

Waiting list: Kent State (1-4), Mississippi State (1-4), SMU (1-4), Toledo (1-3), UAB (1-4), Utah State (1-3) and Wisconsin's second-half Big House implosion.

David Duffey is the college football editor at ESPN.com.